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The Programs You Work With
Terminal at 6:06PM, Nov. 3, 2006
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We all work with different programs, so I'm asking. When making a comic. Which programs do you use in the process? For me, well. It goes something like this:

First I use Adobe PhotoShop or Macromedia Fireworks for the basic scanning in, editing. Second I use Paint.NET for touching up the small stuff. (A while ago, I did everything in Arcsoft PhotoStudio, it was a cool little program that I liked better than PhotoShop.) After that is done, I use a combination of Flash 8 and SwishMax to add the Flash element.
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Rimbaum at 6:17PM, Nov. 3, 2006
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I'm not sure what my lineartist uses to scan in and adjust the color balance, but once I get my hands on the image file, it's pure Photoshop. Really, I can do everything I need in it, which saves me a lot of time and (to me) unnecessary program-switching on a computer that's likely to freeze.
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gigatwo at 7:15AM, Nov. 4, 2006
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I mainly use the gimp, but on occasion I'll use inkscape. I've recently been fooling around with blender 3D, but obviously not for comics.
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LIZARD_B1TE at 4:25PM, Nov. 5, 2006
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MS Paint!

Although, I recently downloaded GIMPshop, and I'm beginning to use it for special effects.
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AQua_ng at 9:51AM, Nov. 6, 2006
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I scan it in with HP Photo and Imaging, trace, colour, shade, text and backgrounds are don in Flash 8. Special effects with Photoshop (just learnt how to make it shiny!).

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ShadowsMyst at 9:54AM, Nov. 6, 2006
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Depends. If I'm working completely digitally, I draw and do the inking in manga studio. Then I export it to color/shade it photoshop. However if I'm working with a hand drawn original, I scan it in with my scanners software, then open it into photoshop directly.

Very occasionally I might bring in elements from Illustrator. But thats only for things like magic seals, symbols, logos and such.

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Knuckles at 10:11AM, Nov. 6, 2006
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Photoshop 7 and Deleter ComicWorks

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Aeon at 5:19PM, Nov. 6, 2006
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Painter 8 for coloring and lineart, Photoshop Elements for text, speech bubbles, and some effects I can't quite get with Painter.
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Rich at 6:16PM, Nov. 6, 2006
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Photoshop CS, Flash, and MSpaint = WIN!
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suzi at 7:12PM, Nov. 6, 2006
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Paint Shop Pro 7, for text, boxes, contrast, some clean up. Besides that, I am all traditional.

Oh, and I play with Open Canvas sometimes :O
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strong414bad at 1:27PM, Nov. 7, 2006
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MS paint and Paint Shop Pro 6 for me. But mostly MS paint. Actually, I don't think I've ever used Paint Shop…
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kingofsnake at 9:15AM, Nov. 8, 2006
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I'm a paint shop pro boy too. It took me 38+ hours to figure out how to use it (self taught) but now that I got the hang of it I'm pretty happy with what I can do with it. and it only cost me 60$ so it's got that going for it too.
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strong414bad at 1:16PM, Nov. 8, 2006
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I only use paint shop for effects and stuff. If I actually try to draw something with it, it ends up looking even WORSE than MS paint. But it's great for making phony pictures of my head on the dollar!
Why hello there.
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deletedbyrequest03 at 2:10PM, Nov. 9, 2006
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I use Manga Studio (debut) for my online comic (but ink traditionally first), and Photoshop elements for cover pages, as well as random pictures. I used Photoshop elements for my avatar.

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OutofLine at 11:30AM, Nov. 12, 2006
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I use Liveswif (a free flash program) to do most of the work and then I use Pixia or even Project Dogwaffle for shading, or special effects. :)
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Peek_A_Blue at 12:23PM, Nov. 12, 2006
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Wow, I thought I was the only one who used Paint Shop Pro..
Ive been attached to it ever since I first got PSP4 when that was new.
Of course, I have PSP10 now, but I kinda miss the simplicity of those older versions.

I had photoshop for a while and I often switched between the two, but I found that PSP was much more user friendly and had more options that you didnt have to add.. Not to mention its compatibility with photoshop files and plugins.
So I ended up with just PSP..
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pont at 3:20PM, Nov. 15, 2006
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Currently Just using Xara Xtream for all of my comic ( GPLed (under linux ) ) vector illustration program ) $50 for windows.

It apparently has the fastest canvas ( much faster then illustrator CS ) and is quite easy to use.

I have made some stuff in Inkscape before and am now attempting to make my comics more detailed in the Gimp.
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gigatwo at 4:15PM, Nov. 15, 2006
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It's funny you mentioned Xara, because I was considering trying that program out myself. I downloaded the trial version about a week ago, but it limits what you can and can't do. I might download the linux version, but I'm planning on purchasing a copy of it for windows when I get the chance. (For the sake of giving money to the creators I guess.)
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pont at 4:36PM, Nov. 15, 2006
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Its really nice, While I'm not great at using it… Its not to hard to use after using something like Inkscape or Illustrator.

Still haven't figured out gradients in it as such, They confuse me quite abit, Really have to have a look at the manual at some stage.

You can drag and drop colors and also bitmaps into shapes you have made ( seems alot quicker then clicking the shape then clicking the color ( but you can also do this ) )

Transparency's are simple, But gradients… Dunno… got one once, Dunno how it happened ….

I really just stared using it this week when i started my comic, So still have alot to explore.

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Mega Josh at 4:41PM, Nov. 15, 2006
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I only use Photoshop 7.0. THAT IS ALL.
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Mark at 4:42AM, Nov. 16, 2006
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I use a really old program, Microsoft Photo Editor to make my picture black and white, and Fireworks/MS Paint to do some touchups and resizing. To get you an idea of how much a noob at this i am, the only tools I know how to use on fireworks are the ruler tools and the brush tools
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Scott Story at 3:12PM, Nov. 21, 2006
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Photoshop CS pretty much meets all my needs.
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Drakhenliche at 11:51AM, Nov. 30, 2006
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I draw and ink mine with real media, (for my current comic I also used grayscale markers to add shading). Scanned and fixed my awful linework in PhotoshopCS and used MangaStudio for the toning and speech bubbles. Toning makes me angry so my next comic's in brush ink. - my art gallery. Not for people who don't like dragons :P - the fate of the demon-torn world of Tymaera lies in the hands of a washed-up cursed dragon and two messed-up lycanthropes. Oh dear…

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xResalanx at 7:52AM, Dec. 1, 2006
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For comics, I use Manga Studio for everything. My tablet is pretty much my lover, so I sketch, ink, tone, and refine in Manga Studio Debut. Although, if I'm doing cover art of some sort, I may use Open Canvas or occasionally Photoshop 7.0 for it.
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jakey926 at 2:11PM, Dec. 2, 2006
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well when i make my comics i usually use an emulator so i can get the sprites needed. then i transfer the sprites to pain and i make it there…. now i know why no one reads my comic
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MrColinP at 11:56PM, Dec. 2, 2006
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Same here, only Photoshop 7
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albone at 6:33AM, Dec. 12, 2006
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Photoshop, Illustrator and QuarkXpress to make pdf's for print.
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anystar at 9:37AM, Dec. 12, 2006
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Buuuh..I use PSCS2 to scan inkwork and add greytones, and comicworks and mangastudio for toning. I do have some custom brushes in PSCS2 that I use to get ‘scratched’ tone look, in an attempt to imitate the work of real cut and paste tones, as well. XD >> Fantasy Graphic Novel in Black and White :3
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mapaghimagsik at 1:08PM, Dec. 15, 2006
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I use Animation:Master for the renders, Inkscape for speech/though bubbles, and GIMP to convert the png to jpg.
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Piscareous at 6:09AM, Dec. 18, 2006
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I started using Photoshop CS2 a while back. It was just a trial so I have to buy the program now, but I enjoyed using it.
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